Effexor withdrawal and weight loss

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I have had no side effects so far (except weight loss and minor headache) and am scared to be totally off of it. I am choosing a natural route. I attended a workshop and now purchased a book. It's called feeling good: the handbook. I highly suggest it to help change the way you are acting. I know where you are coming from though, prior to the pills everyone in my life was at the end of their ropes as well. Today, they tell me how pleasant I am.
When I decided in March of last year to stop the effexor, even with tapering off of it like my Doctor told me, I still had bad withdrawal. I ended up stopping effexor and then joining weight watchers, that seemed to help my depression more than any medications. Good luck to you. You also have to remember that everyone reacts different to medications. What made me gain weight may make you lose. Good luck!
I've been on Effexor for about 6 months now, and I've been able to lose weight, as well as gain weight. I was very concerned about taking it because I did not want to gain any more weight (I'm about 16 lbs overweight). My doctor told me that Effexor is the one drug that does not make you gain weight. In fact, she told me it's an appetite supressor. I've been able to lose weight. But I don't have a sex drive, either.
I was on anti depressants for 8 years but I felt like I got more mood swings, weight gain, and loss of sex drive on everyone of them. Finally I was on effexor for 3 years and I decided to come off because I felt like they were doing worse than better for me. I've been off of effexor for 23 days now and I wake up EVERY morning at the same exact time, sweating, nautious, anxious, and I run to the bathroom with loose bowels. I've been starting every morning like this every day since I came off.
If I could give any advice on this drug--DON'T take it...it's not worth the weight gain, withdrawal symptoms, and not to mention the horribly low libido and inability to climax...I was in a relationship, and this made sex very frustrating for me and my partner. I think these drugs Pharmaceutical companies are pushing are WORSE than crack cocaine or heroin!!! They mess up your body and are almost Impossible to get off of!
I decided to wean myself off because I had not had one for over 3 years, I read that it could be impeding my weight loss, and I didn't want to be on it when I decided to beome pregnant. With my doctor, I went to 75mg for a week, then to 37.5mg for 3 weeks. That ended 2 days ago and I am not doing well. I am extremely nausesous, I get exhausted easily, I get light-headed whenever I stand up, and I felt like almost had a panic attack when I tried to leave the house today for a quick errand.
I initially was given Effexor for my Anxiety. It seemed to have helped, but I couldn't handle the weight gain and loss in sex drive. I have been trying to get off the meds for about 5 mos now and it's been hell. This past week has been the worst. I have weened down to about 37.5 every other day, but that is even hard.
Thanks so much for the procedure to get off Effexor XR and to get on Cymbalta! It sounds like a good plan and I hope and pray it works for me. Have you used both these antidepressants? Do you prefer one over the other? Thanks again!
Withdrawal is very individual, and Effexor has one of the worst. And yes, one of the things that can happen is you can end up with mental problems you never had before. Remember, the drug affects your brain, and alters how it normally functions. Doctors do not like to face this part of what they do for a living, and tend to want to avoid it altogether. That leaves us with little help. Google protracted withdrawal and you'll see you're not alone. But for almost everyone, it does go away.
My mother and best friend have been on my back for years trying to get me off Effexor (and off everything for that matter) and want me to try other "home remedies". I finally told them yesterday to back off. Only a person going through this depression/anxiety knows what it feels like. Everyone wants to diagnose me as just being "stressed out" since I don't have the "typical" depression of crying and such.
1st week on Zoloft, with no Effexor, there were some withdrawals, but minimal and they passed quickly. 2 days now off everything and I feel fine. The final question will be once the Zoloft is out of my system in a few days. FYI…my physician, who seems to be experienced and knowledgeable with the Effexor, informed me that even if I tried to taper down, I would go through withdrawals. He said “why go through it? Take the Zoloft for 10 days.” Bear in mind, I was only on 150 mg.'s for 6 mo.
I'm at 195 pounds now, and hope to be at 145-150 at some point. Anyone that has also gone off Effexor and took a LONG time to experience weight loss who'd like to comment is very welcome to! We can all use the support!
How long did the pain last and where is (was) the pain? Any ideas why Effexor XR attacks muscle and joints? I had terrible back pain both now in withdrawal, but I also had it when I started the medicine. It feels like the muscles are contracted very tightly and cannot relax. I can see this ocurring in times of great stress, but I do not feel that kind of stress now.
I have also ran out and have been without it for several days and the side effects are awful lots of vertigo and nightmares,I have also gained weight and just don't feel like when I do take it like I and suppose to which is 99% of the time that it is all that great . My Dr. told me nothing about how difficult it was to come off of and I am pretty upste about it, sorry I dont have any answer for you but if you figure it out let me know thanks!
The tingling in fingers, the mood swings, the stomach issues, and yes the weight loss and FATIGUE. I am only on 50 mg, and will not take more. I am surprised that so many people want to use this drug as a weight loss product. This is not a weight loss product, it is a serious drug, with serious side effects that you have to live with for the rest of your life. If I did not have to take it, I would not.
I find Effexor has stopped all my depression and anxiety with no side effects. Good luck, and take care.
My doctor told me that Effexor XR does not affect your weight and if anything it causes loss of appetite or weight loss, which I did read on the perscription label from the pharmacy. Lately, I've been doing more research and all I am finding are blogs about people who have gained a minimum of 25 lbs!!!!! Can someone give me a straight answer as to yes, it makes you gain weight or no it does not?
i have severe relentless anxiety and terror over what i dont know , weeping all the time no sleep bleeding stomache and intestines rapid weight loss total disinterst in anything mood swings and outburts of anger and now the darkest suicidal depression i have ever felt in my life. my legs and arms womt stop moving at first it was just restlessness and kicking and an ina bility to sit still now its like toothache nerve pain everywhere . with muscel and organ cramping .
fish, can't even stay in the kitchen when they are cooking) and sudden weight loss which is just wrong since I haven't been getting any exercise because of the dizziness. Waiting for the holiday weekend to end so I can call the docs again.
I really do not want to do # 3 because Effexor is helping me out so much, minus the weight loss and night sweats of course. I much rather like the idea of stepping down to 75 Effexor and then adding the Paxil, but is this acceptable ? Or would this cause a bad reaction ? Please, any help and answers will be greatly appreciated. Also, he said that if the Paxil worked as well for me as the Effexor, then he would give me a script for it to replace the Effexor. Thanks a lot !
I have never weaned off Effexor but went from Effexor to Cymbalta one time and did not have a withdrawal. Once I went "cold turkey" off Effexor and it was brutal. I was disoriented, depressed, suicidal, headaches, brain zaps, nauseated and finally went into a mixed episode of my Bipolar shortly after. I would not ever suggest that! I am back on Effexor now with other medications. Effexor XR is the only antidepressant I have found that helps me. I beleive it takes a good 2 wks.
Well, being a male, I don't know anything about being pregnant, but as a father, I know plenty about worries of med reactions during pregnancy -- especially considering my wife is bipolar NOS and had to come off her meds during her second (and last) pregnancy. While that was difficult for her, I personally know it would have been truly impossible had one of her meds been Effexor XR. I am a diagnosed depressive who has been on Effexor since mid-June 2001.
I have been on a few anti-depressants starting with Celexa, Wellbutrin and now Effexor... I started on Effexor about a month ago and have since noticed the exact same symptoms of acne! My chin under my lip has been breaking out continuously and as soon as one acne blemish is clearing up another whitehead comes! I have also developed acne on my back/shoulders with some very large pimples that just wont seem to go away.
i have been on 225 of effexor and it has helped me alot but the weight gain has been horrible. i crave carbs and feel hungry alot. but i tried goin off the effexor and had bad bad withdrawls. i took my time too. any ideas?
I just discontinued taking Effexor XR after about 2 and a half years and it was the most difficult and painful thing I have ever done! The side effects for me were: increased depression, confusion, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, and very weird dreams. The only relief I am getting is by switching to an SSRI, Celexa. The "Discontinuation Syndrome" from the Effexor XR seems to be going away very slowly, but I hope surely! I hope that's helpful!
I've been dieting and going to a personal training but nothing is helping me lose the weight! It's very frustrating. I've done some research and it seems some of the newer drugs (Effexor and Cymbalta) don't cause weight gain for as many people. In fact some cause weight loss. Has anyone had a good experience with Effexor/Effexor XR or Cymbalta?
Eye pain and weight loss. I am only twenty three though so long term use is a real issue for me. But if i have to choose between life with medication and side effects or life without medication, I would not think twice to take medicine because without i have no life. You have to weigh the risks.
She checked her palm pilot for side effects and said there was not data showing shortness of breath as a side effect and ended up sending me home with a prescription for Effexor XR 150mg. I went home and typed in EFFEXOR and shortness of breath and thank God I did because there were many sites addressing this issue. I called my MHFNP back on Friday to try and advise her I saw this on the internet.
I am on Day 4 of switching from Effexor XR to Wellbutrin due to severe weight gain from Prozac, then Effexor. Mentally, I felt great on Effexor, but I was eating right and gaining weight, 70 lbs total. UGH. My MD asked me if I wanted to wean off of Effexor and I opted to make the switch without weaning. Biggest mistake of my life. I was so anxious to get off Effexor and I assumed that the benefits of Wellbutrin would counteract any "withdrawal" symptoms.
On my one month post NB recheck with the GP, I was taken off prozac and put on Lexapro (because of major weight loss and general shaky/week feeling) and she told me to take the lexapro in AM instead of PM. Also put me on trazadone 50 mg in PM along side of Xanax. After one month I asked to begin to wean off Xanax. got the ok. Very slowly began to wean. Once that was done, tried and succeeded to wean off trazadone. Once that was done, I tried to wean off Lexapro. By last year, Feb.
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